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  • Music

    June 12, 2014

    Summer Bummers: Four Outdoor Texas Festivals That Went South

    It’s not always fun in the sun in Texas.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Five Outdoor Texas Festivals That Went South

    Free Press Summer Fest dodged a pretty serious bullet this year. When festival officials announced that the grounds around Eleanor Tinsley Park needed to be evacuated around 2 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, some of us who were there had visions of pandemonium at the exits and the kind of heavy rains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Santos Pastrana, Sound Engineer and DJ Ninja

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Santos Pastrana tells us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    One Band, One Local Bar, All Night Long. What'll It Be?

    This one's pretty simple: Recently Rocks Off asked our writers to tell us if they could choose any artist, living or dead, active or defunct, to perform all night long at one local bar or club, who would that be and where? Sam Cooke at the Continental Club I would love to see tons of musicians live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Shine a Light On Me: 40 Years of The Midnight Special

    Recently, I was swallowed under a wave of memories while channel surfing. Thanks to some infomercial hustlers who were selling a DVD collection, I was spending the first moments of a new Saturday watching scenes from The Midnight Special for the first time in more than 30 years. My eyes were fixe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Here's a Link to the New Kanye Album If You Want to Listen

    Well, everyone who had today in the "Kanye Pool," time to collect your winnings. Since it is simply impossible to just wait for an official release date, Kanye West's much-anticipated new album Yeezus has now leaked onto the file-sharing site What.cd about an hour ago, according to Spin. The thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Is That All There Is?: Philosophy's Greatest Hits

    I love Queen, and the late Freddie Mercury had the best rock voice ever (in my opinion), so it pains me to say that some of music's worst thought-out lyrics are scrunched into the opening lines of "Bohemian Rhapsody." "Is this the real life?/ Is this just fantasy?", the song begins, but mere breath ... More >>

  • Music

    April 4, 2013

    Madman Across the Water

    Sir Elton John piano-pounded Toyota Center March 28.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Last Night: Elton John At Toyota Center

    Elton John has become the best-case scenario of the future life of a troubled character in one of his songs. Albeit a song that he has been writing since he and collaborator Bernie Taupin decided to forge a songwriting partnership nearly 45 years ago. He's now a seasoned sage, deeper in voice, ric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Last Night: Dukes of September Rhythm Revue at The Woodlands

    Dukes of September Rhythm Revue Featuring Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs & Donald Fagen Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 17, 2012 This show could have been a punchline waiting to happen. Somebody must have thought "Dukes of September" was a more regal name for this tour than the "Superstars of So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Artist of the Week: Future Kings, The Journey Agents

    A prophecy, delivered by a Golden Dream Eagle with ruby eyes and fire in its belly: In the near future, funk will rule the world. It will be the governing body and it will drive earth's natural process and it will be the sole religion and so on. When you're hungry, you'll eat funk. When you want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Texas Pop Festival Finally Getting Historical Marker

    Mike PorterBathe, hippies, bathe!​Rocks Off can't do anything about the drought, but this weekend we will be breaking our own personal drought and returning to the Austin City Limits Music Festival after taking 2010 off. But long before ACL, there was another massive musical gathering in Texa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Friday Night: Eels At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Eels, The Submarines Warehouse Live July 22, 2011 Between songs, Mark Oliver Everett repeatedly apologized for taking so long to return to Houston. After 14 years, he'd finally brought his band Eels to town, clad in suits, sunglasses, and enough facial hair to outfit a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Last Night: Bootsy Collins At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Groovehouse​Bootsy Collins & Funk U-Nity Warehouse Live June 16, 2011 See more fabulous funksmanship in our slideshow. Funk is good for the soul. There's no denying it. After 12 hours at the office Thursday, Aftermath entered Warehouse Live clenched tight as an oyster. A whopping t ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011

    Minister of Funk

    Bass god Bootsy Collins is back as mayor of The Funk Capital of the World.

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    June 10, 2011

    How Bootsy Collins Became A Bass Player

    ​Recently Rocks Off had the great pleasure of speaking with one William Collins, known around the world by his platform-heeled nickname, Bootsy. The man with the mellow voice and star glasses is on any short list of best bass players in the world, thanks to his long years with James Brown, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Bright Light Social Hour's Favorite Summertime Jams

    Bright Lights, White House: Bright Light Social Hour in front of Obama's DC crib. ​With a sound influenced by Sly & The Family Stone, The Allman Brothers, Daft Punk and Muddy Waters, Austin's Bright Light Social Hour has become one of the city's most prominent party bands. Imagine Foxy Shazam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Lady Gaga Sings The Big Easy Blues

    Photos by Annelia WililamsEugene Moody​Rocks Off woke up to Lady Gaga on Good Morning America this morning. It looked like she was having a little trouble with her zipline. The reason Rocks Off woke up to Lady Gaga on Good Morning America this morning, instead of Channel 13's Eyewitness News ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Last Night: Fitz & The Tantrums At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Fitz & the Tantrums House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room April 18, 2011 Soul music is about power, yoking that gospel id to the pursuit of more worldly affairs, but it's also about subtlety. Grunt all you want, but smooth and steady wins the race (and wins over the ladies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Last Night: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights House of Blues February 17, 2011 For more totally tasteful pictures from Thursday, see our slideshow here. Ooh la la. Aftermath is going to be real up front here. We did not know a whole lot about Grac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Rolling Blackouts Were Made For Baby-Making Music

    ​So the Chron says Texas' Arctic blast-enabled rolling power blackouts are over for now, although more might be on the way later this evening and tomorrow. Obviously, there are only three things to do with no electricity in sub-freezing temperatures: Shiver; Snuggle up; Knock boots. R ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 27, 2011
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    May 10, 2010

    Little Joe Washington Is A National Treasure

    Photos by Mark Britain​ For more pictures from Saturday night, see our slideshow here. Aftermath is still trying to get our heads around what we witnessed at Saturday night's benefit for the International House of Blues Foundation in House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room. In a way, it was one of tho ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    Soul Night 2

    Get your fill of Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner at the Aurora Picture Show's funky flashback

  • Music

    January 21, 2010
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    December 18, 2009

    Last Call For Art: Photos From Around The World; Daniel Johnston

    ​Wendy Watriss, artistic director for FotoFest, sums up the "International Discoveries II" exhibit nicely: "It forces our attention on the single image, an object or a single moment in life," she says. "Against the currents of instant replay and digital animations, "International Dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Eyeballin': The Moody Blues at the Isle of Wight Festival

    Held each year between 1968 and 1970, England's Isle of Wight Festival was the premier outdoor rock party for the British counterculture. The last edition (before its recent revival) proved the largest-attended (600,000!) and best, with a lineup that included Jimi Hendrix in his last major performan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Five Songs For That Glorious Last Day Of School

    As Alice Cooper once sang, "School's out for summer." And we've heard that song played again and again and again on the radio on the last day of school ad infinitum every year since. And I'm sure we'll here it today, somehow, someway, somewhere...And just as you can't really avoid putting "Rock Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Five Songs For That Glorious Last Day Of School

    As Alice Cooper once sang, "School's out for summer." And we've heard that song played again and again and again on the radio on the last day of school ad infinitum every year since. And I'm sure we'll here it today, somehow, someway, somewhere. And just as you can't really avoid putting "Rock You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Spring Concert Series at Discovery Green Announced

    Susan Cowsill, "Just Believe It" Cut from the same cloth as Party on the Plaza comes this year's concert series at Discovery Green. If you haven't visited the downtown park since it opened last April, you're missing one the greenest and absolutely most beautiful facets of our town. In the spirit of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Spring Concert Series at Discovery Green Announced

    Susan Cowsill, "Just Believe It" Cut from the same cloth as Party on the Plaza comes this year's concert series at Discovery Green. If you haven't visited the downtown park since it opened last April, you're missing one the greenest and absolutely most beautiful facets of our town. In the spirit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2008

    Tonight: Starbucks Mixed Media Series at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    James "Guess What's In My" Pants Tonight is your last chance to dance in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston this year without looking like a weirdo. The Starbucks Mixed Media series closes its 2008 summer season with turntablism from James Pants and Small Town DJs. Washington's James Pants is a lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    RIP, Father of LSD

    On Tuesday, one of the most important contributors to the development of most popular Western music and culture in general passed away at 102 years of age at his home in Switzerland. I am speaking, of course, of Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who invented LSD. Think where the world would be with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2008

    $13 at Barnaby’s Cafe on West Gray

    Where: Barnaby’s Cafe, 414 West Gray, 713-522-8898 What $13 gets you: Okay food at an okay price Barnaby’s Cafe, named for the owner’s deceased sheepdog, includes three locations in a relatively small area – Hyde Park, River Oaks and Midtown. At lunchtime, all get busy as hell and loud as ... More >>

  • Film

    February 14, 2008

    Definitely, Maybe is Absolutely, Positively Rewarding

    Can't get enough of Bill Clinton? Have we got a movie for you.

  • Music

    February 7, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Miles Davis

    The Complete On the Corner Sessions

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Betty Davis

    Once too hot to handle, Betty Davis's freaky funk is ripe for rediscovery

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Dropping Today

    Keiko Matsui's Moyo is being released today. The contempoary jazz pianist recorded the CD in Japan, South Africa and the U.S., joined forces with drumer Akira Jimbo, legendary trumpeter Hugh Masakela, and saxophonist Gerald Albright. Click listen to hear Moyo's title track. Artic Monkeys' so ... More >>

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Cred Sheet

    What you need to know to avoid musical ostracism

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    RIP, Syd. And RIP, 'Cid.

    A psychedelic pioneer and the drug that helped do him in are both sorely missed

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2006

    South By Southwest

    By Scott Faingold "That's how it's done," exclaims the vocalist for Houston's Fatal Flying Guiloteens (which features frequent Press contributor and former Nightfly Brian McManus on guitar). And he's not wrong. If punk rock is meant to be utterly spastic, crazed and joyfully antisocial, then this i ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Belle & Sebastian

    The Life Pursuit

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Seventies Glam-Disco Party

    Of Montreal proves there's life, funk and creativity after Elephant 6

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2005

    The Black Album

    A new film examines the darker side of rock

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    Master Blaster

    Cody ChesnuTT sees rock and roll, and he wants to repaint it black

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Kenny G.'s Revenge

    Smooth-jazz fans blast Racket

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    July 1, 1999
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